SEAN Dyche believes Stephen Ward will benefit from the competition with Charlie Taylor after the left-back signed a new deal.

After firing in a stunning volley against champions Chelsea last weekend Ward celebrated with a contract extension on Monday.

The 31-year-old only agreed new terms last October, but that deal was due to expire at the end of this season.

Ward finished last season in fine form and Burnley were keen to tie him down beyond the end of 2017/18, something they have done with his two-year extension, while the club also have an option to extend that until 2020.

Dyche hailed the Republic of Ireland international as 'good servant' to the club, but said he will have to remain on form to keep his place in the side this season.

Ward made 37 league starts in 2016/17, but will face renewed competition from Taylor after his initial £4.8million switch from Leeds United.

“It’s good for Wardy. I think he’s been a good servant to us and I think the fans have accepted what he is," Dyche said.

“I think he has got true competition now with Charlie Taylor and I think that can help him to continue what he’s doing and to put pressure on him because Charlie has done well in pre-season.

“We want that real in-house competition and he has got that but he is certainly deserving of his new contract.”